Gum Disease Treatment Options
Your gum disease treatment depends on the severity of it, your general health, your oral health, and the recommendations of your dentist in Wilmington. At the early signs of gingivitis, we may recommend simple changes to your oral hygiene routine:
- Brushing more often
- Brushing less often (in some cases)
- Flossing differently
- Flossing more thoroughly
- Switching to an electric toothbrush
- Using a water flosser
- Adding mouthwash to your at-home routine
For more severe cases, we might recommend a deep cleaning called “Scaling and Root Planing.” In this procedure, we work to remove bacteria from between your teeth and gums using special instruments and innovative dental technology.
Our gum disease treatment will also help the gums to stick to your teeth again while making it harder for bacteria to penetrate the gums. The state-of-the-art dental laser allows for a gentler treatment than traditional tools and kills bacteria in and around the gums. If antibiotics are required, Dr. Kuzma will explain what and when to take your antibiotics (after reviewing any medication allergies you may have).
In the most severe gum disease cases, we may need to refer you to a periodontist or oral surgeon for surgical gum treatment.